Below are a selection of messages from President Burstein to the campus community, editorials, and other writings on a variety of subjects.
Dear Lawrence Community, Thank you for sharing your hopes and frustrations with us individually or in larger community discussions over this past week. We too are experiencing anger and frustration and are at a time in our history when systemic oppression, racial injustice, and police violence are not just on the minds of our Black and other community members of … Continue reading The Work Ahead (6/10/2020)
Dear Lawrence Community, Events of the last week have reminded us that as we prepare campus and general society for a new normal in the midst of a global pandemic, other threats to safety exist for members of our community. Like many of you, George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis left me angry and in pain. … Continue reading A Safe Society for All (6/1/2020)
Dear Lawrentians, I hope that you and your loved ones are well in your homes, on campus, across the nation, and around the world. Things are going well on campus. But I miss the energy that Spring Term brings when you are all here: ensembles and theater performances, senior recitals, athletic competitions, research and art … Continue reading Looking Forward to the Fall (5/28/2020)
Dear Lawrentians, These have been turbulent times for all of us. I would like to thank all members of the Lawrence community—your patience, ingenuity, and suggestions are helping us transition to distance learning and helping us do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. These have been challenging times for all of us. Guidance … Continue reading A Message from President Burstein (3/24/2020)
Dear Lawrentians, Like many of you, I have been carefully following the global outbreak of coronavirus or COVID-19.
Dear Lawrence Community, 2020 brings two important moments in civic life: elections at the national, state, and local level, and the completion of the 2020 Census. I want to share information about both of these critical exercises and to ask all members of our community to participate in these important civic events. As we approach … Continue reading Note on Community Approach to Upcoming National Events (2/3/20)
Dear Lawrence Community, It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Terry Franke ’68 passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 73 with family at his side. Terry served as the chair of Lawrence’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015, a capstone to five decades of service. During this extraordinary service … Continue reading Sad News About Terry Franke ’68 (1/22/20)
Dear Campus Community, On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Lawrence was one of 164 colleges and universities from across the country who signed an amicus brief in support of the litigation to uphold the program. While the Supreme … Continue reading Note on the DACA Litigation (11/19/19)
Dear Lawrence Community, Appleton received a heartbreaking loss last week with the death of Firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department and the first to be killed in the line of duty since 1933. Firefighter Lundgaard was one of the responders to a medical call at the Valley Transit Center in … Continue reading Remembering Firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard (5/20/19)
Dear Lawrence Community, Following our announcement of a change of venue for Commencement 2019, we heard from many members of the graduating class and their families. They were concerned about the plan to move Commencement to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC). Several administrators and I met with Senior Class officers, Miranda Salazar and … Continue reading Update on Commencement (5/9/19)